What we do
We are an information service on mining projects and operating mines; our clients comprise suppliers, consultants, contractors and other mining-service companies in Australia and overseas.
AUSTRALIAN MINING PROJECTS OVERSEAS
Our four-month program (March-July) assists mining-service companies win work on Australian mining projects overseas.
Examples: the KSK copper project in Indonesia (Asiamet Resources), the Bibiani underground gold project in Ghana (Resolute Mining); extension of the Olaroz lithium mine in Argentina (Orocobre).
The four-month program will comprise:
- fortnightly reports on Australian mining projects overseas
- a database of key people responsible for these projects
- a promotional campaign to bring subscribers' products and services to the attention of these key people
Australian mining projects overseas represent, in effect, an expansion of the Australian market for mining-service companies.
Our mining database list all operating mines in Australia and gives details of the key people involved in them (e.g. mining managers, processing managers, maintenance superintendents, procurement personnel).
Updated every six months, the database is a comprehensive and cost-effective marketing tool for those servicing operating mines in Australia.
For further information on our services, including sample material and pricing, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 0411 478307 (national) or +61 411 478307 (international).
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BOTSWANA: LIFE BEYOND DIAMONDS
14 March 2018
In 1966, when it achieved independence from Great Britain, Botswana was one of the world's poorest countries.
Today, it is an upper-middle-income country and one of the most economically successful in Africa.
The development of diamond mining, coupled with sound economic management, lie behind this impressive transformation.
Botswana is the second-largest diamond-producing country in the world (behind Russia). And the outlook for diamond production remains promising.
The dominant producer (a joint venture between the De Beers Group and the Botswana government) sees good prospects of sustaining its present level of production for several more decades.
Continuing strength in this sector will also be underpinned by other diamond producers (e.g. Lucara Diamond of Canada) and prospective producers.
However, the government wants to reduce Botswana's high dependence on diamonds, which form over 80% of exports and nearly 40% of government revenue.
This is beginning to happen.
Botswana appears to have promising resources of base metals (e.g. copper, nickel), coal and gold.
Australian company, MOD Resources, released in January a pre-feasibility study of its T3 Copper project, in the Kalahari desert in the southwest of the country. All going well, construction is to commence in mid-2019, with first production in 2020.
Galane Gold of Canada sees good prospects for the expansion of its operating Mupana gold mine in the east of the country, where gold mining was first undertaken at least 1,000 years ago.
There are various plans to develop coal mines and associated power plants in Botswana, for the export of coal and electricity to southern Africa. The Botswana government supports these plans.
For example, Minenergy, a company with strong South African connections, expects to commence production this year at its Masama project, with coal to be exported to South Africa. (Massama will be the second operating coal mine in Botswana.)
The Canadian company, First Quantum Minerals, has a joint venture with the Australian company, African Energy Resources, for the development of the Sese project, comprising a coal mine and power station. Power will be exported particularly to Zambia, where First Quantum Minerals has two operating copper mines.
Notwithstanding Botswana's significant economic achievements in the past 50 years, poverty is still widespread and the private sector under-developed. In the view of the World Bank, overcoming these problems will be important for the country's continuing economic development.
Botswana has a population of 2.3 million in an area a little smaller than New South Wales (Australia) or Alberta (Canada). Mr Ian Khama, the president for the past decade (whose term expires next month) is the son of Mr Sereste Khama, the first president in 1966. Sereste Khama studied in Britain, married a British woman, and succeeded in winning the support of the main tribes in his country. However, he was exiled in the first half of the 1950s from Botswana (then Bechuannaland) by the British government, which was not willing to stand up to South Africa's hostility to the president's "mixed marriage". Sereste Khama, who died in 1980, played a major role in launching Botswana's modern economic development. (His life is the subject of the 2016 British film, United Kingdom.)